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Cambridge Pre-U in England schools

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Cambridge Pre-U in England schools

The course Cambridge Pre-U , as you might guess from the title, was created by the Center for International Examinations at Cambridge (CIE). In 2008, this effective program of pre-university training was established as an analog of the well-known course A-level .

There's a lot in common between them: it's duration (2 academic years), and the complexity, depth, thoroughness of the study, and active improvement of the level of the English language. But Cambridge Pre-U has an important fundamental difference: it is a holistic rather than a phased program, that is, students do not pass intermediate exams every year, but only final testing at the end of the training. Thus, students can focus entirely on the learning process and do not worry about preparing for intermediate exams - it's simply not there. Also, unlike the A-level, the list of subjects on the Cambridge Pre-U is unchanged (at A-level students study 4-5 directions in the first year, of which only 3-4 remain for the second year).

The general list of subjects on the Cambridge Pre-U is as follows (from which students can choose 3 priority disciplines):

  • Biology
  • Arts and Design
  • Psychology
  • Business and Management
  • English
  • Sport And physical education
  • Chemistry
  • Modern foreign languages (Italian, Latin, French, Chinese, Spanish, Greek, German, Russian)
  • Acting and drama
  • Music
  • History of the arts
  • Economics
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Political Science and the State Management
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Mathematics.

Someeducational institutions allow you to combine three compulsory subjects at the Cambridge Pre-U course and the A-level specialty, offering the latter as electives.

The curriculum includes traditional classroom classes and independent research projects and scientific works. So students sharpen the skill of critical and analytical thinking, objective evaluation of judgments, acquire valuable academic skills, expand their own scientific portfolio.

It differs from the Cambridge Pre-U and a special rating system: the final score includes an evaluation of the research project, a portfolio on the topic "Global perspectives" and the marks for the exams. This system was specially developed by UCAS for the most objective assessment of student achievement:

[ 999.99]


The level


The equivalent of the A-Level



Above A *


A *







Transition B / C


[ 999.134] C



Transitional C / D





The results of the Cambridge Pre-U program are accepted even by such well-known and elite universities as Ivy League universities and Russel Group (educational leadersUnited States and Great Britain , respectively). If two students have an equal number of points, but one has a Pre-U certificate and a second A-level, preference is given to Pre-U.

In order to enroll in this effective program, the entrant must prepare the next package Documents:

  • Certificate of the level of English (IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent)
  • A report card with marks (for the last 2-3 years)
  • Characteristics and letters of recommendation from teachers in mathematics and English.
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